Patent Number: 6,295,050

Title: Joy stick pointing device to control the movement of a graphical element on a computer display monitor

Abstract: Disclosed is a pointer assembly apparatus in communication with sensor electronics embedded within a keyboard assembly to sense mechanical movement. The sensor electronics communicates electrical signals indicating direction of movement to a computer system which controls the movement of a graphical element displayed on an attached display monitor. The pointer assembly comprises an extended member coupled to the sensor electronics that extends at least one-half an inch away from a horizontal surface of the keyboard assembly. With this structure, the user may grip the extended member between two finger tips to control movement of the displayed graphical element.

Inventors: Kumhyr; David Bruce (Fuquay-Varina, NC)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

International Classification: G06F 1/16 (20060101); G06F 3/033 (20060101); G09G 005/08 ()

Expiration Date: 09/25/2018